IT’S 33 degrees in Florence but it should come as no surprise that the city's most spectacular hardest-to-get-into cultural venues aren't air conditioned. But Lallo, aka Alessandro Michele, won't let a heatwave deter him from york presenting fur hats and mink coats as part of his resort line up this evening - and making it all seem like a very viable option to boot.
But before the show, festivities here in Gucci's hometown began with a private tour of the Vasari corridor, the strip that runs across the top of the Ponte Vecchio arched bridge (which was once used as a private gateway for Royals to scuttle through, unnoticed). Overlooking the Arno river, show-goers were treated to a private viewing of Renaissance masterpieces. The tour stretched from the Uffizi Gallery through to the Buontalenti Cave and Boboli Gardens. (Of course, it helps to get the keys to these buildings when you're investing €2 million over the course of three years to fund the restoration; remember Fendi's investment in Rome's Trevi Fountain allowed the house to stage its couture show there in July last year).
And so it was to the Palatine Gallery at Pitti Palace where Michele decided to present his glorious collection. Like all the others before this one, it was a smorgasbord of paisley patterned silk, floral velvet, paintbox-coloured lace, and just about every other colour and fabric from tweed to brocade that you can fathom.
Michele is a crowd pleaser, on multiple levels. He made the clever move not to stray from the aesthetic he made his debut with, moreover, to just pile more on top of it, more layers, more colour, more, more, more. He knows what his girl wants and he delivers in spades.
He even extends his slogans beyond a season, meaning if you bought that cardigan or sweatshirt emblazoned with Love Is Blind, you'll be pleased to know it isn't a one season wonder; the mantra popped up again here tonight (along with 'Guccy' and 'Guccification' slogans).
But it's this approach which makes him a refreshingly rare breed, also, in the way he has always preferred an all-access approach to his backstage format as opposed to a rigorous screening process by burly security. Take tonight for example, later at his cocktail party staged at Serre Torrigiani he wasn't cordoned off behind a velvet rope, but was to be found crouched on the grass amongst other guests watching Beth Ditto perform, and just like them, he held his iPhone in the air to record the moment. And remember last season, when he stepped out in a Gucci rachel zoe spring / summer rtw – new york fashion week baseball cap with his name embroidered on the side? Gucci fans went nuts. The welcome gift in editors suites this afternoon? Their very own bespoke cap, just like Lallo's.
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